Pecan Cookie Balls

These buttery melt-in-your mouth cookies are also known as Mexican Wedding Cakes. They make a great holiday gift or cookie exchange addition.

Serves: Makes 4 dozen or 24 (2 cookie) servings.
20 mins Prep time 15 mins Cook time
20 mins Prep time
15 mins Cook time
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add 1/2 cup of the sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and salt; beat until well blended. Stir in flour and pecans.

  • Shape into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.

  • Bake 15 minutes. Remove from baking sheets. Immediately roll hot cookies in remaining 2 cups sugar. Place sugared cookies on wire racks to cool. When cool, roll again in sugar.

Cooking tip

Cinnamon Pecan Cookie Balls: Add 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Cinnamon to the cookie dough, adding with the nutmeg. Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to the 2 cups confectioners' sugar for rolling.

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • Calories: 210Cholesterol: 20mg
  • Sodium: 69mgProtein: 2g
  • Total Fat: 14gFiber: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 19g

Ratings & Reviews: 9

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  • Sandra on 03/21/2014

    Made them and they did not have a chance, gone by the next day. I love them, ready to make another batch asap. best recipe so far! Luv Luv Luv em!

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  • Anita B. on 12/25/2014

    Love these cookies! They were a big hit!

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  • susan on 12/24/2014

    Delicious! I love this recipe! Great cookies to bring to a gathering, although my kids always want to keep them for themselves!

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  • Cyndi on 07/12/2014

    Have tried so many like recipes...this was what I've been looking for! Light, melt in your mouth, and the sweet is delicate! I recommend.

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  • Carol on 12/26/2013

    The pecan balls were fantastic! Soft, melt-in-your-mouth, nutty flavor. The only change I made was, chopped the pecans finely & used only 1 cup of pecans.

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  • Debbie on 12/10/2013

    These are my favorite cookies I love to make these cause they're so quick and easy to make and oh so good. !!!!!!!!!!

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  • Sue on 12/12/2013

    I must have tried 2 or 3 different recipes for these over the years. This is by far the best. It's the easiest, tastiest, and more compliments than any of the others. I am putting the other recipes in the trash and will go in my cookbook under "Mom's favorites."

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  • Janet on 12/08/2013

    Nutty, sweet, buttery. Yummmmmm. . . . .

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  • Lisa on 12/17/2013

    I was wondering. Would it be possible to add Christmas decorating sugar to the powdered sugar before you roll them the second time? Would that be pretty? Would it work?

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  • Laura on 12/05/2013

    I absolutely love these but I make half without nuts because of my tree but allergy. I love the melt in your mouth sweet and buttery!!

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